Free Mandarin Chinese Lessons

Main Menu | Cantonese Lessons | Chinese Tutoring | Bookmark & Share | Link to Us

These Mandarin Chinese lessons have been designed to provide practical travel vocabulary and a foundation for basic conversational skills. You may also download a complete audio transcript for listening in your car.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 More

SECTION: TO NEED / TO WANT / TO EAT
English:To want / to need
Chinese:yau
English:What do you want?
Chinese:nee yau shun-muh
Literally:you want what?
The verb yau followed by a noun means to want, and followed by a verb implies to need.
English:I want rice
Chinese:woh yau ee-guh fahn
Literally:I want one rice
We will discuss the word for one later
English:I want you
Chinese:woh yau nee
Literally:(same)
English:I need to eat
Chinese:woh yau chih
Literally:(same)
English: I need to eat (a meal)
Chinese:woh yau chih fahn
Literally:I need to eat rice
English:Do you want?
Chinese:nee yau mah
Literally:you want +?
Another way of asking a question (other than using mah) is to instead place the positive and negative forms of a verb back-to-back, effectively giving the listener a choice:
English:Do you want? (using +/- verb construction)
Chinese:nee yau boo yau
Literally:you want-not-want?
English: Don't want (say this to pushy merchants)
Chinese:boo yau
Literally:not want
English:No thanks
Chinese:see-ay-see-ay, boo yau
Literally:thanks, not want
SECTION: DELICIOUS
English:Delicious (said about food)
Chinese:hau chih
Literally:good to eat
English:Very delicious
Chinese:hun hau chih
Literally:very good to eat
English:Really
Chinese:jun / jeun
English:Really delicious
Chinese:jun hau chih
Literally:really good to eat

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 More